All You Need to Know about Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese tea culture is unique and famous around the world for its simplicity, serenity, and spirituality. It is a formal and peaceful affair that requires both hosts and guests to follow the etiquettes to preserve the energy it aims to create.

The Japanese tea ceremony or Chanoyu considers harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility to be essential components of the affair. It is a beautiful setting and deeply impactful. However, how did it come to be, and how is the Japanese tea ceremony performed?

The History of Japanese Tea Culture

Bodhidharma started the tea-drinking culture started among Chinese Buddhist monks to aid their meditations. This culture made it to Japan in the 8th century and attained part of its current form in the 15th century. Sen Rikyu, a Japanese tea master, influenced the tea culture and made it a simple and sober affair to preserve spirituality.

What You’ll Need for Japanese Tea Ceremony

Now that you are aware of the history, let’s look at the objects you will need to perform this ceremony. You will need:

  1. Matcha powder
  2. Matcha whisk
  3. Portable brazier – used for heating small kettles
  4. Japanese teapot and bowl
  5. Silk Cloth
  6. Freshwater container
  7. Ladle
  8. Tea Cady

Steps of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese tea ceremonies are a serene and spiritual affair that can last for up to 3 hours at a time. Following are the steps involved in conducting a traditional tea.

1. Purification

Using a silk cloth, the host purifies or cleanses the utensils and items that will be a part of the ceremony. Purification does not indicate that the utensils are unclean. It aims to purify the souls attending the ceremony.

2. General Etiquette

It is customary for guests to sit with their knees folded and maintain straight postures. They are expected to wear socks, but no one should have shoes on. It is common in most East Asian cultures for residents and guests to remove their shoes before entering the house.

3. Preparing Thick Matcha Tea

To start, the host adds matcha powder to the bowl and mixes it with water to make the sample bowl. There is a 3:1 blending ratio of matcha to water at this step, meaning the host adds three teaspoons of matcha for each cup of water.

4. Serving Thin Matcha Tea

Once this formality is over, the host prepares a bowl for each guest, whisking the matcha to get the customary froth. The tea is less concentrated this time and has a ratio of 1:1 (1 teaspoon matcha for each cup of water).

5. Cleaning of Tools

When everyone is done drinking their tea, the host uses the silk cloth and water to cleanse the utensils and passes the clean utensils to guests to admire or comment on.

6. End of Ceremony

With every aspect covered, the guests soon depart, and the ceremony comes to an end.

Wrap Up

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